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2019 Pagan Calendar

January

  • 1: Birthday of folklorist Sir James Frazier, 1854. Frazier’s work, The Golden Bough, is a must-read for anyone interested in modern Paganism, and the mythologies of the past.
  • 13: Last of Austria’s witchcraft laws repealed in 1787
  • 19: Birthday of Dorothy Clutterbuck, who allegedly initiated Gerald Gardner into the New Forest coven.
  • 20: Celtic Tree Month of Birch ends
  • January 21: Full moon–Cold Moon at 12:17 a.m. This is a good month to work on developing the inner self, connecting with the deities of our paths, and focusing on self-discovery and awareness.
  • 21: Celtic Tree Month of Rowan begins
  • 24: Sementivae, a grain-oriented festival celebrating the sowing of the fields in preparation for springtime’s planting.
  • 25: Birthday of poet Robert Burns, 1759
  • 30: Birthday of Z Budapest, founder of Dianic Wicca
  • 30 – Feb. 2: Roman celebration of Februalia
  • 31: Up Helly Aa celebration, Shetland Islands, Scotland

February

  • 2: Imbolc, the celebration of the goddess Brighid.
  • 2: Lammas or Lughnasadh (Southern Hemisphere), marking the grain harvest at the end of summer.
  • 12: Death of Gerald Gardner, founder of modern Wicca, in 1964.
  • 13–21: Roman Festival of Parentalia, a time of quiet, personal reflection, in which the ancestors were honored.
  • 14: Valentine’s Day
  • 15: Lupercalia, celebrating fertility and the coming of spring.
  • 17: Celtic Tree Month of Rowan ends
  • 18: Celtic Tree Month of Ash begins
  • 19: Full Moon—Quickening Moon at 10:53 a.m. Magical rituals in this cycle often focus on new beginnings and plans for the future.
  • 21: Birthday of author Patricia Telesco
  • 22: Birthday of author Sybil Leek

March

  • 1: Matronalia, the Festival of Women, held in honor of Juno Luciana.
  • 6: Birthday of “official witch of Salem” Laurie Cabot in 1933
  • 17: St. Patrick’s Day
  • 17: Celtic Tree Month of Ash ends
  • 18: Celtic Tree Month of Alder begins
  • 20: Full moon–Storm Moon at 9:43 am. Use this month’s moon phase to celebrate balance, rebirth, and renewal.
  • 20: Ostara, the spring equinox.
  • 20: Mabon (Southern Hemisphere), the autumn equinox.
  • 26: Birthday of author and folklorist Joseph Campbell
  • 28: Death of author Scott Cunningham in 1993

April

  • 6: National Tartan Day
  • 14: Celtic Tree Month of Alder ends
  • 15: Celtic Tree Month of Willow begins
  • 16: Birthday of author Margot Adler
  • 19: Full moon–Wind Moon at 7:09 a.m. April is a month of pending rebirth, as the earth and soil prepare for new life to sprout. Watch as the natural world around you begins to change.
  • 22: Earth Day
  • 23: Wiccan pentacle is officially added to the list of VA-approved emblems for gravestones, 2007
  • 28–May 3: Floralia, honoring the goddess of spring flowers and vegetation.
  • 30: Walpurgisnacht celebrated by German witches

May

  • 1: Beltane, a feast of fire and fertility
  • 1: Samhain (Southern Hemisphere), the witches’ new year.
  • 1: Roman festival of the fertility goddess Bona Dea
  • 5: Cinco de Mayo
  • 12: Celtic Tree Month of Willow ends
  • 12: Mother’s Day
  • 13: Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn begins
  • 18: Full moon–Flower Moon at 5:11 pm. In May, focus on magic related to careers and jobs. If you’ve thought about changing jobs, or even entering a new career field, this is a good time to do it. Expand your horizons this month.

June

  • 7–15: Roman Festival of Vestalia, honoring the vestal virgins
  • 9: Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn ends
  • 10: Celtic Tree Month of Oak begins
  • 10: Hanging of Bridget Bishop, first of twenty victims to be executed in the Salem Witch Trials.
  • 13: Birthday of Gerald Gardner, founder of modern Wiccan, in 1884
  • 16: Father’s Day
  • 17: Full moon–Strong Sun Moon at 4:31 am. June is full of long, light-filled days, and the nights are short and warm. This month’s magical workings are perfect for maintaining and enhancing things you already have.
  • 17: Birthday of Wiccan author Starhawk
  • 21: Litha, the summer solstice
  • 21: Yule (Southern Hemisphere), the winter solstice
  • 22: England’s last Witchcraft Law is repealed in 1951
  • 27: Birthday of author Scott Cunningham in 1956

July

  • 4: Independence Day
  • 7: Celtic Tree Month of Oak ends
  • 8: Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins
  • 13: Birthday of Dr. John Dee in 1527
  • 16: Full moon–Blessing Moon at 5:39 pm. This is a time to work on divination, dreamwork and meditation. Count your blessings this month, and think about what you can do to bring more of them into your life.
  • 19: Rebecca Nurse is hanged in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692
  • 31: Birthday of author JK Rowling

August

  • 1: Lammas or Lughnasadh, the celebration of the grain harvest
  • 1: Imbolc (Southern Hemisphere), honoring the goddess Brighid
  • 1: Birthday of medium Edward Kelley, 1555
  • 4: Celtic Tree Month of Holly ends
  • 5: Celtic Tree Month of Hazel begins
  • 13: Roman Festival of Pomona, goddess of apples and orchards
  • 15: Birthday of Charles Leland, folklorist and author, 1824
  • 15: Full Moon–Corn Moon at 8:31 am. Now is a time to focus on harvesting that which you have already planted… but don’t forget, it’s important to set some of your harvest aside for the coming winter months.
  • 20: Birthday of author Ann Moura in 1947
  • 23: Roman Festival of Vulcanalia
  • 31: Birthday of author Raymond Buckland

September

  • 1: Celtic Tree Month of Hazel ends
  • 2: Celtic Tree Month of Vine begins
  • 10: Birthday of Carl Llewellyn Weschcke
  • 14: Birthday of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, author of Three Books on Occult Philopsopy, in 1486
  • 14: Birthday of author Ellen Dugan
  • 14: Full Moon–Harvest Moon at 12:35 am. This a season to celebrate hearth and home. Brew up some comfort food, begin storing your harvest for the winter, and settle in for a month of thanksgiving.
  • 17: Television welcomes Bewitched in 1964
  • 21: International Day of Peace
  • 23: Mabon, the autumn equinox
  • 23: Ostara (Southern Hemisphere), the spring equinox
  • 29: Celtic Tree Month of Vine ends
  • 30: Celtic Tree Month of Ivy begins

October

  • 1: Birthday of Isaac Bonewits, founder of Ár nDraíocht Féin
  • 3: Roman Festival of Bacchus, god of vines, vegetation, and wine
  • 12: Birthday of occultist Aleister Crowley, 1875
  • 13: Full moon–Blood Moon at 5:45 10. It’s the dark half of the year, and the veil between our world and the spirit world is thin. Focus on divination, communication with departed ancestors, and psychic messages this month.
  • 18: Birthday of Nicholas Culpeper, noted herbalist, in 1616
  • 20: Birthday of Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary
  • 27: Celtic Tree Month of Ivy ends
  • 28: Celtic Tree Month of Reed begins
  • 31: Samhain, the witches’ new year
  • 31: Beltane (Southern Hemisphere), a feast of fire and fertility
  • 31: Covenant of the Goddess formed in 1975

November

 

  • 1: Mexico’s Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos
  • 2: Birthday of Wiccan author Sirona Knight
  • 11: Veteran’s Day
  • 12: Full moon–Mourning Moon at 8:37 am. Why not use this month to shed your bad habits and toxic relationships, and get a fresh start? Work on developing and strengthening your connection with the Divine as well.
  • 24: Celtic Tree Month of Reed ends
  • 25: Celtic Tree Month of Elder begins
  • 28: Thanksgiving day (United States)
  • 30: Birthday of Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, founder of Church of All Worlds
  • 30: Festival of Hecate Trivia, honoring Hecate, a goddess of magic and sorcery

December

  • 5: Krampusnacht, celebrating Krampus, a Bavarian figure who is the opposite of Santa Claus
  • 12: Full moon–Long Nights Moon at 12:14 am.  Now is a good season for spiritual alchemy. It’s time to evaluate your life, and know that you’ll survive the dark times. If you’ve already put the darkness behind you, take your good fortune and share it with others.
  • 17: Beginning of Saturnalia, a Roman celebration honoring the god Saturn.
  • 21: Yule, the winter solstice
  • 21: Litha (Southern Hemisphere), the summer solstice
  • 22: Celtic Tree Month of Elder ends
  • 23: Celtic Tree Month of Birch begins
  • 25: Feast of Frau Holle, Germanic goddess
  • 25: Christmas Day
  • 31: Festival of Hogmanay

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